The Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee, chaired by Sen. Mary Pilcher-Cook, R-Shawnee, passed a bill last week that would require Affordable Care Act health insurance navigators to undergo background checks, be fingerprinted and pay an annual $100 registration fee, the Kansas Health Institute News Service reported. But as Sen. Laura Kelly, D-Topeka, noted, Missouri passed similar requirements, and they were blocked by the courts. Cathy Harding, executive director of the Kansas Association for the Medically Underserved, said it was disheartening “to have policymakers working so hard to put up barriers to people helping their friends and neighbors and community members enroll in private insurance plans in the private market.”
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